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The Coming Storm

Autumn 1917, and Petrograd is in confusion. Journalists John Reed and Louise Bryant arrive in excitement, only to discover conflicting ideas of what may be coming.

John Reed's classic eye-witness account of the Russian Revolution in October 1917.
Dramatised by Robin Brooks

Episode 1: The Coming Storm
Autumn 1917 and Petrograd under the Provisional Government is in chaos. American journalists John Reed and Louise Bryant arrive to find the tension between factions is palpable and it's only a matter of time before the situation explodes. But in which direction?

Director Alison Hindell
BBC Cymru Wales production

John Reed's vivid eye-witness account of his time in Petrograd was written in early 1918 and published in the USA the following year. It was an instant best-seller, so much so that in Russia it was some years before Stalin - who is only mentioned twice in the book - felt he could ban it for its portrayal of Trotsky. Possibly naïve, definitely politically one-sided, nevertheless the veracity and impact of Reed's enthusiastic snapshot-style reportage has become a classic memoir and inspired films including Eisenstein's classic 'October' and 'Reds' which won an Oscar for its director and star, Warren Beatty.

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Mon 9 Oct 2017 19:45

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Role Contributor
John Reed Richard Laing
Louise Bryant Kelly Burke
Lenin Nicholas Murchie
Liazonov Ewan Bailey
Lunacharsky Matthew Gravelle
Buchanan Richard Elfyn
Director Alison Hindell
Author John Reed
Adaptor Robin Brooks


  • Mon 9 Oct 2017 09:45
  • Mon 9 Oct 2017 19:45

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